Jul 20, 2011 3:00am PDT
, mullah omar was dead. we're following the story. we go live to kabul, afghanistan. david, this one has got people wondering. what's going on? >> reporter: well, the news first broke by an afghan television station and then later in the day, cnn and other media received a message by an individual claiming to be a top taliban commander. that individual said that mullah omar had died of heart failure last week and a successor had already been named. the taliban, like you said, later came out and said they have been the victim of a hacking and their phones and emails have been tapped. in fact this message was phoney. cnn doesn't have any confirmation of the sort. we spoke with nato official and they have no operational knowledge on the ground. so the whereabouts of mullah omar are unknown. last believed to be in pakistan, where taliban militants have launched attacks across that border against troops down in the southern region. it's those southern and eastern regions of afghanistan that have experienced some of the highest levels of attacks. and this all comes at a very interesting time.
Jul 20, 2011 12:00pm EDT
of president obama when it's clear that the wars in iraq and afghanistan added to the nation's debt? >> it did. he's the commander in chief he could have removed our troops at any point in time. let's taung about barack obama's position in washington, d.c. during the six years he's been in washington our accumulated national debt has increased by more than 50 percent. what is president obama's response been now and as a senator to increase spending even more, not to cut it. but to increase spending even more. two years as a freshman senator, the debt goes up $400 billion because of deficits. two years when he's in the majority of the united states senate, it goes up $1.8 trillion. now it's up $2.8 trillion while he's president. >> you're simplifying the issues on the plate of the nation at that point. we were looking at going -- reverting into a depression at that point. everyone the fed chairman -- >> i disagree. >> do you have a degree in economics? >> yes, ma'am, i do. highest honors. >> okay. so you disagree with the fed chairman, ben bernanke. you disagreed at the time paul vol ker and ot
Jul 20, 2011 8:00am PDT
by the government would not get paychecks, and people serving in iraq in afghanistan would not get paychecks, and federal highway administration, there are many that wouldn't. this is sort of a simplification i want to point out. it's unlikely treasury would decide to fully fund five programs and not give anything to anybody else. they would minimally fund some programs. but it illustrates two things. one the level of deficit spending the government is currently at, and two, why officials at the treasury and throughout the government are so adamant the debt ceiling be raised so all the government programs could be fully funded. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. >>> here is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day, and that big story, the debt talks. today's question, what is a solution to the political stalemate. carol costello has more on that. >> the never ending debt ceiling debate. you know the players, obama, boehner, the gang of six, and the tea party, and you don't like them much, not because most republicans want to save taxes, or democrats don't want to get ri
Jul 19, 2011 11:00pm EDT
of the media and of parliament to acknowledge currently we have soldiers fighting in afghanistan and war and people don't seem to forget that, so i would not say any primm minister would think the sun was and fighting for the right people. they continue to fight for the right people. >> how often would those primm investors ask you as a chief executive how wasden, or would they ever ask you not to publish a story? what they sort of ask you to spike the story? with that happen? >> i can't remember an occasion where a prime minister asked. >> politicians generally, is that something that would happen? >> nope. i would say i can remember many occasions when the cabinet member, politician or prime minister was very happy with of the stories we were running but not that they had ever pleaded directly. >> and if they had you wouldn't had been interested in a way. >> as long as the story was true and accurate it was part of the campaign know, there was no reason for prime minister. that is exactly why we have a free press. >> my final question, there's a sort of i think feeling that in some way